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Mike Disfarmer

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Mike Disfarmer

Born in Daviess, Indiana, 1884–1959

Born Mike Meyer in Indiana in 1884, Mr. Disfarmer arrived in Heber Springs, Arkansas when he was 30 years old. When he was 50, he changed his name to Disfarmer, claiming that he was not a Meyer and had been delivered to the Meyer home by a tornado when he was a baby.

Faces of a Small Southern Town: 'Becoming Disfarmer,' at the Neuberger Museum of Art,
article in the NY Times by Susan Hodara, Jan. 9 2015.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/11/nyregion/faces-of-a-small-southern-town-becoming-disfarmer-at-the-neuberger-museum-of-art.html?_r=0

Neuberger Museum of Art
https://www.neuberger.org/exhibitions/upcoming/view1/297.html?width=660&height=500

There are other links for info about Disfarmer, but here’s one that seems useful to include: http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=455. It also notes that his birthdate may be 1882 instead of 1884...